Over the past few years search engine optimization or SEO has become the fastest growing area of Information Technology.
The Google Economy has seen the rise of many search engine optimization consultants popping up all over the place and I am one of them.
So do you really need an SEO consultant to help increase your search engine rankings and traffic? Well the answer is both yes and no.
Confused? Well it's quiet simple really most things you have to do to make your site search engine friendly are pretty simple.
If you Google "search engine optimization forums" the top ten results is full of great resources and information about SEO as well as some misinformation.
Once you have learned the basics which any owner, webmaster or person in charge of a website should learn then you should start ranking for things related to your web page.
Where you need an SEO consultant is when you start competing in competitive markets and want to rank higher for your top keywords or when you start optimizing your pages for sales conversion.
If you run and ecommerce site and have a lot of dynamically generated content and offers then hiring an SEO consultant is going to be vital for your success.
Optimization is the keyword in SEO that most clients often forget about and it includes off page and on page optimization.
Conversion and finding qualified sources of traffic is one of an SEO consultants most important tasks.
You can have a million visitors but it's no use if none of them have credit cards or money in their bank account.
Conversion is the key to the success or failure of any SEO consultant, return on investment is the ultimate indicator of an Search Engine Optimization consultants ability.
If your business is doing ecommerce and is primarily based online or is doing a reasonable amount of business online then you need to make the decision whether you want hire an in house person to handle your SEO or hire a firm to handle your SEO.
Both have their advantages and you may want to incorporate both in forming your online strategy.
One thing it is important to remember is that not every SEO is going to have the skills or experience for your specific industry or business type.
When it comes to conversion and targeting your SEO and online marketing it is an added benefit to have a consultant who has industry related experience and contacts.
Most SEO consultants specialize in services for small businesses and can usually provide a pretty service for those businesses in improving their current online marketing.
However, if you need a consultant in a competitive industry then you are going to need a specialist in your industry.
Here are a few tips for picking the right SEO consultant: 1.
Ask for examples of previous work and references 2.
Talk to previous clients and ask if they were happy with the results of the SEO's work 3.
Know the outcome you want before hiring and have a realistic time frame in mind for short and long term goals 4.
Chose a consultant or firm that works the same way you do or fits with in with your team.